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Work/Life Current Workshops

Be Well at Work - Work/Life program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to parenting and finances . They are presented by professionals with specialized knowledge.


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Fall 2018 Parenting Workshops

Planning Your Pregnancy Leave

Thursday, 9/20; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker:Theresa McLemore, UCB HR Employee Relations Consultant 
Sheila Taliafero, UCB Disability Counselor Ann Gilbert, UCB Academic Personnel

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees. 


Secrets from a Baby & Toddler (Sleep) Nurse

Thursday, 9/27; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Marsha Podd, RN

Wondering how to initiate peaceful detachments at bedtime, encourage routines and cues for your baby’s/toddler’s sleep? With over 30 years’ experience working with infants and children, Marsha Podd will offer practical advice, knowledgeable insights and tips on how to create a healthy sleep environment for you and your family. Whether you are pregnant, have a newborn, or are raising a toddler (or all of the above), this workshop will offer you valuable information and support. 


Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School

Wednesday, 10/17; 1 - 4:15 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Tina Benitez, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

Please note: Students and all others unable to use the UCB Learning Center to enroll, please enroll by calling Be Well at Work – Wellness Program at (510) 643-4646.

Go to the Breastfeeding Support Program page to learn more about breast pumps sold at our cost plus tax, lactation rooms on campus, and additional resources.


Positive Parenting: What Great Parents Do

Tuesday, 10/30; 12:10 – 1:30 pm, Tang Education Center
Speaker: Erica Reischer, PhD

Local psychologist, mom, and parent coach Dr. Erica Reischer leads this workshop for parents who want to learn proven parenting methods for shaping positive behavior and raising happy, secure and loving kids. More information about Dr. Reischer is available at www.DrEricaR.com 

Workshop topics include:
· The ABCs of positive parenting: Acceptance, Boundaries, Consistency
· 10 things great parents do
· How to reshape challenging behavior
· Why some kinds of praise can undermine kids’ motivation and achievement and what to do instead
· How to help your kids manage stress, disappointment and other intense emotions
· The importance of cultivating gratitude and other happiness habits in your family


Fall 2018 Financial Workshops

Navigating the System: Social Security Retirement

Wednesday, 9/12; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Lorena Flores, Social Security Administration

Worried about what to expect from Social Security? Find out what Social Security retirement benefits and options are available to you and your family (including divorced spouse benefits), as well as when and how to file a claim.


Home Ownership

Tuesday, 9/18; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Richard Ruiz, Bank of the West 

Thinking about purchasing your first or second home? Considering refinancing your current home loan?

This workshop covers many important topics related to homeownership, including:

• Is now the right time to buy a home?
• How much can I afford?
• Are any low cash down payment options available?
• What first-time home buyer programs are available?
• How do I get preapproved for a loan?
• Is a home equity line of credit right for me?
• What are the steps to purchasing a home?


Budgeting & Debt Management

Tuesday, 10/16; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Richard Ruiz, Bank of the West

Ever wondered if a budget can really work for you?

This seminar covers the importance of creating a household budget while giving you interactive tools to track and control your money usage.


Identify and Prioritize Your Saving Goals

Tuesday, 11/13; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Laura Crymble, Fidelity

This workshop will help you balance saving for retirement with other savings goals such as paying off student loans, home purchase or college savings.